The first one shows off a lion’s mane wonderfully well. Such a handsome, proud animal. He is enjoying the warm breeze blowing across the plain. He is probably resting on an elevated rock so he can look across his domain. Nothing preys on the lion. All they have to do is stay healthy and avoid injury when hunting.
The male lion’s mane is important to him. Lions with darker manes are sexually active for longer. I guess the ladies know that. Lions with longer and bigger manes are preferred by females. The lion’s mane is unique. It makes the male lion appear intimidating and can be seen from afar. The mane protects the lion in fights. Experts believe that lions can recognize each other by their manes.
You can read more about the lion’s mane on this page if you wish.
The second picture is very charming. It seems that the lioness is more or less asking her son/daughter to wash her eyes. These two could be domestic cats. We all know that the domestic and wild cat are 99.9% the same.
It is a shame the lion population is declining in Africa. Where once they roamed over most of the continent their range is now highly fragmented. What remains is a mass of relatively small areas as the ever expanding population growth of the human encroaches upon the lion’s landscape pushing him out.
Note: can someone tell me who took these photos so I can credit them? The modern internet seems to have done away with credits and copyright.